We speak of a mother's love, but we forget her power. Power over life. Power to give and to withhold.
Generations after the breakup of the human family of Eden, the Johnfolk emphasise knowledge and innovation, the Davidfolk tradition and cohesion.
But both have built hierarchical societies sustained by violence and dominated by men - and both claim to be the favoured children of a long-dead woman from Earth that all Eden knows as Gela, the mother of them all.
When Starlight Brooking meets a handsome and powerful man from across Worldpool, she believes he will offer an outlet for her ambition and energy. But she has no idea that she will be a stand-in for Gela herself and wear Gela's ring on her own finger. And she has no idea of the enemies she will make, no inkling that a time will come when she, like John Redlantern, will choose to kill....
Chris Beckett is a university lecturer living in Cambridge. He has written over 20 short stories, many of them originally published in Interzone and Asimov's. He is the winner of the Edge Hill Short Story competition, 2009, for "The Turing Test", as well as the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award, 2013, for Dark Eden.
©2015 Chris Beckett (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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Critic reviews

"A classic theme, beautifully told." (Sunday Telegraph on Dark Eden)
"This is a world I'm desperate to return to." (Guardian on Dark Eden)
"There's no justice if Dark Eden, with its beautiful, terrifying planet, slowly revealed, fails to bring Beckett awards." (The Sunday Times on Dark Eden)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Geoff Kendall on 16-06-15

Fantastic sequel to an equally fantastic book

This is the third Chris Beckett book I've had the pleasure to enjoy, and as with the other two it is one of the best so-called science fiction books of the hundreds I've read. I say "so-called" because as with all the best science fiction, this is not a story of space ships and technologies and aliens, but of the relationships and myths people weave as they seek to understand and belong. Start with Dark Eden then read this. Then read everything else this author has written. Chris Beckett is one of science fiction's greats, even if that fact isn't yet common knowledge. Thank you Chris!

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4 out of 5 stars
By M.Martin on 16-01-17


What made the experience of listening to Mother of Eden the most enjoyable?

It was great to hear how the colony had advanced since Dark Eden. It is very absorbing story and enjoyed it a lot.

What other book might you compare Mother of Eden to, and why?

Dark Eden

Which character – as performed by Jessica Martin and Oliver Hembrough – was your favourite?

Greenstone Johnson

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Greenstone was contenplating death on the waterfall

Any additional comments?

Cant wait for Audible to bring out the next book - daughter of Eden

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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